There is a lot going on this weekend around town and out of town. Here’s our Top 3 for the week! Scroll below the Top 3 to see a lot of other great happenings!
On Friday (6/17) the Shadowbox will present the debut of director/writer/producer Jason Eisener’s first full-length film, Hobo With a Shotgun! In a random train yard a hobo steps off a train with hopes of starting a new life. Quickly realizing this is a town where crime rules and justice drools he decides to take up the mantle of law. Armed with a pawn store shotgun and a fucked up set of morals he takes to the town to rid it of evil. Starting at at 8pm and only costing $5 this film is worth seeing more than once! The Shadowbox is located on Kirk Ave, downtown Roanoke.
On Sunday (6/19) the Missionaries will be hosting new friends from Baltimore, Small Sur! This show will take place at 1515 Roanoke Ave. with donations requested for the traveling group. Small Sur has garnered a lot of attention recently through their live shows and recordings with mentionings from blogs such as Tiny Mix Tapes to NPR to their own Baltimore City Paper. The Missionaries will also be playing that evening sharing their own blend of myth inspired folk. This show will start at 8pm, donations! Above is a video interview of Small Sur by a Portuguese TV station in Coimbra, Portugal.
On Saturday (6/18) the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd celebrates its 1 year anniversary! Starting at 11am and running all the way to midnight Dogtown will be bringing back some of their favorite bands and people throughout the last year to celebrate. Music for the evening includes Wyndy Hill Travelers, Grass Monkey and DJ Joneski! Come out and celebrate with Dogtown, pick up a wood fire oven pizza and one of the great microbrews on tap!
Other awesome things happening this week include:
- Wednesday (6/15-26) Frogger (a play by Adam Hahn) directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. Studio Roanoke, downtown. 8pm.
- Saturday (6/18) Goodwill Falcon, Rugby and Nobles at the Bazaar. 9pm, $5.
- Tuesday (6/21) Gleaming the Cube at the Shadowbox. In celebration of “Go Skate Day”. 8pm, $5. All proceeds go to the Skateistan charity.
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Tagged DJ Joneski, Dogtown Roadhouse, Frogger by Adam Hahn, Gleaming the Cube, Goodwill Falcon, Grass Monkey, Hobo With A Shotgun, Nobles, Rugby, Skateistan, Small Sur, Studio Roanoke, The Bazaar, The Missionaries, The Shadowbox, Wyndy Hill Travelers
On Wednesday (3/16) the Bazaar will host a triple header of a show. Ike As In Dwight’s co-captain Maya Renfro will be sharing the evening with fellow Blacksburg band Nash Smith & the Ganges and Fine Linens. This is a show to be excited about and what else do you have going on the night before St. Patrick’s Day? This show starts at 8pm and is only $5 for three bands.
Starting out our St. Patrick’s Day is Another Roadside Attraction at the Village Grill. This is a free show and knowing the ARA folks and the shows they put on… it should be a great evening! Not only will you get to see a great band but pitchers of PBR are only $5! Starting at 9:30pm and running late.
Also on Thursday Dogtown Roadhouse is throwing its own St. Pattie’s Day celebration. Roanoke nu-grass band Grass Monkey will be there drinking, fiddlin’, yelling, stomping and playing for your entertainment! So head on down to Dogtown, grab one of their great drafts & pizzas and go flat footin’ to Grass Monkey! Starting at 8pm.
Also at Dogtown on Friday is outlaw-country band JP Harris & the Tough Choices. These guys are out to set things straight and take back country music from those low life pop country superstars… I’m paraphrasing here. Starting at 9pm and running late this should be a drunken evening for all involved.
Also on Friday in Blacksburg the XYZ Gallery will host the Blind Photographers with Cumulonimbus. Promising to be quite a fun time full of dancing (at least by A.K. Kanode) and smooth melodies for all. This show starts at 7pm and only costs $3 with proceeds going toward a great cause! Also on Saturday (3/19) A.K. Kanode of the Blind Photographers will be DJing for the Baby Sean Fire Foundation at the Carlton-Scott Dance Dungeon. Also on board for the evening are the Manns, Tyler! and the Legendary Chris Meyers. Come out one and all!!!
On Saturday (3/19) the Bazaar hosts a folk show. Magic Twig Community folk orchestra the Missionaries will be sharing the evening with Asheville, NC band Uncle Mountain. The Missionaries will be splitting their set between Missionaries songs and Strange Birds songs (Jamie Booker’s folk project). Come out to the Bazaar and have a great time with us! Starting at 9pm and costing $5.
A bunch of great things coming up next week including the Bazaar’s first show at Kirk Avenue Music Hall!!!
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Tagged Another Roadside Attraction, Cumulonimbus, Dogtown Roadhouse, Grass Monkey, Ike As In Dwight, Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Maya Renfro, nash smith & the ganges, St. Patricks Day, The Bazaar, the Blind Photographers, The Magic Twig Community, The Missionaries, Uncle Mountain, Village Grill, XYZ Gallery
We hope everybody had a good week. Whether it was celebrating all things Marginal Arts related or just having a fun weekend around town. Now that the majority of the Marginal Arts Festival is over check out what’s happening in the week to follow…
This Wednesday (3/9) local vintage clothing store Freckles will host “Crafting for a Cause”! This craft night will be focused on decorating shoes in support of Planned Parenthood’s “Right to Shoes” auction taking place on March 31st. Freckles encourages you to submit a pair of decorated shoes for the Planned Parenthood sponsored evening. Anyone who does submit a pair will receive two tickets to the auction and recognition at the event. So come on down to Freckles on Wednesday at 7pm, BYOB, a pair of shoes and have some fun! Freckles is located in the back of GET, the new coffee shop on Kirk Avenue.
Later that evening on Wednesday the Bazaar brings you one of the most anticipated pairings of the year! The hard rocking six sons of Randy Newman known as Death Newman pair with a mysterious new band. PLUGGGG will be making their debut performance and will hopefully be performing a few of those hits I’ve had the pleasure of hearing recently. Come on down to the Bazaar on Wednesday the 9th at 8pm to celebrate THE BAZAAR’S 100TH SHOW! This show is FREE for everyone!
On Thursday (3/10) the Roanoke Public Library downtown presents An Island, a film by Vincent Moon. Film maker Vincent Moon is known for his Take Away Shows series which features prominent bands and artists within the independent music community performing in intimate settings all throughout the world. This full-length feature focuses on the band Efterklang performing in various parts of an island off the Danish coast. Brought to you in partnership with the Shadowbox this film is to start at 6:30pm on the mezzanine of the library. There will also be free Shadowbox ticket giveaways at the showing. Come out to this and see an amazing group perform in the most intimate of settings.
On Friday (3/11) the Awful Arthur’s at Towers Shopping Center presents rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Continuing their reputation of bringing us great music to the Roanoke area this show will also feature local comedy-rap legends the Illbotz. Also playing the show will be the Soul Elements. Starting at 9pm this show should not be missed!
Also on Friday the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. hosts the Bastards of Fate with the Situationist and North Carolina band, Minor Stars. This will be one hell of a show featuring two incredible Roanoke acts and a great traveling band. Starting at 9pm this show will cost you only $5.
Rounding out the list of things going on Friday is Paleface with Mo at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd. The Americana duo will be bringing their own blend of melody with an added percussive element, Monica “Mo” Salamot. Taking place at the Sun Music Hall in Dogtown this show starts at 9pm.
On Saturday (3/12) the Just Embrace Love Please (JELP) Gallery and Studio will throw what looks to be their last event. The Dub Step Party will feature DJ RahBee, MachineMadeMan, TheExit, MurdaSound, Daniel Noell and Castiel. Starting at 7:30pm and going til late, come out!
On Sunday (3/13) at Studio Roanoke the John Barry Conception will play with local singer/songwriter Sharayah Spears as a part of the Guerrilla Playhouse series . This show will start at 7:30pm and will cost you $5. Make sure to come out and support Studio Roanoke and two great local acts!
Ending our list of things to do this week is the Shadowbox’s premiere of the Parking Lot Movie. This documentary tells the story of the infamous Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, VA and the employees who have worked there. If you’ve ever been to the former Satellite Ballroom or surrounding area chances are you’ve parked there. Very funny and entertaining this documentary features interviews from current and former employees including Yo La Tengo member James McNew (yes, he was a former employee there). This film starts at 8pm on Tuesday the 15th.
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Tagged An Island, Awful Arthur's, Bubba Sparxxx, Death Newman, Dogtown Roadhouse, Efterklang, Freckles, Illbotz, Minor Stars, Monica "Mo" Salamot, Pale Face, Planned Parenthood, PLUGGGG, Right to Shoes, Roanoke Public Library, Sun Music Hall, The Bastards of Fate, The Bazaar, the Parking Lot Movie, The Shadowbox, The Situationist, the Soul Elements, Vincent Moon
We hope everybody had a great/terrible/okay/lonely/lovely Valentine’s Day! Now that its past us let’s look forward to the future, say this week?…
Kicking off our list of Friday happenings is the Shortwave Society performing at Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd! Part electronic, part acoustic, part orchestral and all pop this eclectic group from Knoxville put on quite a show. I saw them at last year’s Floyd Fest and thought they were one of the better acts to play the bigger stage. The string arrangements are worth going for alone! Make it a point to head out to Floyd on Friday night, catch the Jamboree, head to Dogtown, grab a great wood fire oven pizza and enjoy the sounds of the Shortwave Society. Show starts at 8pm.
Also on Friday (2/18) at the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. the Circus Practice and local magician Nelson Oliver put on a special birthday bash! The Great Aquarius Birthday Bash will be celebrating the birthdays of Bazaar owner Jamie Booker, Circus Practice member Sarah Garrison and local craft maker/lover of music Cat Conover. The admission is $3 for Aquarius people and $5 for the rest of us. I hear there may be a Scorpio revolt in the parking lot! Starts at 9:30pm.
To round up what’s happening on Friday is Another Roadside Attraction playing at Village Grill. Starting at 9pm and running late these folks have enough material to keep you entertained and rocking all night. One of the most eclectic and original bands in Roanoke and worth stopping by for a while if not the whole performance. Go to the Grill and grab one of their wraps (I suggest the SouthWest with Buffalo Chips) with a Roanoke Railhouse and check out Another Roadside Attraction! Its FREE!!!
On Saturday the Bazaar hosts yet another awesome show of the weekend with the Bastards of Fate and Mount Pleasant/D.C. band Frau Eva. Frau Eva is an orchestrated folk rock band which has been playing shows since 2008. Come and welcome them to their first show in Roanoke! Stick around for Roanoke’s own Bastards of Fate! This show starts at 9pm and is $5 at the door.
That same Saturday in Floyd at Dogtown Roadhouse/ Sun Music Hall is Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun. Combing elements of folk, jazz and funk the duo have been playing together since their college years. Graduates of Berklee College of Music and classmates of Esperanza Spalding, St. Vincent and Elizabeth & the Catapult this duo will play starting at 9pm and run late with the cover being $10.
On Monday at the Shadowbox 1986 cult classic horror Maximum Overdrive will show at 8pm. This movie was written and directed by Stephen King based on his book of the same name. Starring Emilio Estavez and… others this film tells a story of 18-wheelers that come to life to destroy humankind under the influence of a comet. Check out the hilarious trailer above and notice the Green Goblin grill on the truck towards the end of the trailer! 8pm sharp!
Also on Monday in Charlottesville one of my favorite New York bands comes to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. The Beets headline the show while getting support from Junk Culture and Teen Dreams. This show looks to be a good line up and is worth the drive to Charlottesville. Presented by local radio station WTJU 91.1 and booking agency Holy Smokes. This show is set to start at 9pm, $7.
We’ll see you next week!!!
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Tagged Another Roadside Attraction, Dogtown Roadhouse, Frau Eva, Holy Smokes, Junk Culture, Maximum Overdrive, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, Nelson Oliver, Sun Music Hall, Teen Dreams, The Bastards of Fate, The Bazaar, the Beets, The Circus Practice, The Shadowbox, the Shortwave Society, the Village Grill, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, WTJU 91.1
This Thursday (1/20) Roanoke rockers Mafia Track Suit will be debuting their self titled E.P. with a free show at Martin’s Downtown. Joining the band will be fellow local modern rock heavyweights, Madrone. This show is free, 21 & up only and starts at 9:30pm. Check out the above video of Mafia Track Suit’s entry to Rock Band and new song off their E.P., “Samiam”.
Also on Thursday the Bazaar on Brandon Rd hosts Nancy & 2 Meteors at 9pm. Also playing the show will be Blacksburg’s CBZL and Richmond’s Les La Britanica. If you’re a fan of electro, krunk or just like to party and dance than this is the show for you. Starting at 9pm, $5.
On Saturday (1/22) at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd DJ Joneski will be throwing down from 9pm til late! DJ Joneski has become quite the sensation around these parts recent from DJing to rapping this dude has it all! Come out Saturday and have a drink, eat wood fire oven pizza and dance to Joneski!
To round out the weekend and also on Saturday the Bazaar brings two great bands from Richmond to Roanoke! Headlining the show will be White Laces and bringing along with them to open will be Tungs. I highly suggest checking these bands out and coming to this show. Starting at 9pm this show is $5 at the door.
We have a few things in the works for the future that we’ll fill you in on very soon. Til then have a great week everyone and we’ll see you here next week!
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Tagged CBZL, DJ Joneski, Dogtown Roadhouse, Les La Britanica, Madrone, Mafia Track Suit, Martin's Downtown, Nancy & 2 Meteors, Rock Band, The Bazaar, TUNGS, White Laces
On Thanksgiving night if you’re feeling like you can move after stuffing your face then you should head down to Blues BBQ Co. in downtown Roanoke for the Jesse Ray Carter Trio. Starting at 10pm and going late, get your Turkey Day drink on!
On “Black Friday”, November 26th the Water Heater on 5th Street is hosting the CraftStar Bazaar! CraftStar has been dubbed Roanoke’s “first indie craft fair” and will feature all kinds of homemade knick knacks, crafts and goods for sale! The Water Heater will open its doors on the 26th from noon til 7pm then again Saturday from 10am til 5pm! For more info about this event feel free to email the events organizers here.
Also on “Black Friday” Roanoke nu-grass outfit Grass Monkey will be playing Blues BBQ the night after the Jesse Ray Carter Trio performs the very same stage. Starting at 10pm and going til midnight join the boys for a good time of beer, tunes and turkey/tofurkey stuffed bellies!
Roanoke DJ/MC extraordinaire Joneski is providing the jams at Floyd’s own Dogtown Roadhouse on Saturday night, November 28th. Starting at 9pm Joneski will be spinning, rapping and dancing for your entertainment until 2am! This dude rolls with vinyl and makes a lot of his own beats, come check him out and DANCE!
On Monday, November 29th the Shadowbox microcinema on Kirk Ave. is showing 1979 film Quadrophenia. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy a London mod growing up in a dysfunctional household. Based loosely on the Who’s rock opera of the same name and co-written by Pete Townsend Quadrophenia has everything from mod vs. rocker showdowns to pill popping depressed teenagers with no better outlet than riding their scooters and battling their parents who just don’t understand. With musical direction from the Who this film is worth heading downtown this Monday and paying your respects to this cult classic. Starting at 7pm, don’t be late!
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Tagged Blues BBQ, CraftStar Bazaar, Dogtown Roadhouse, Grass Monkey, Jesse Ray Carter Trio, Joneski, Quadrophenia, The Shadowbox, The Water Heater
This Monday (August 9th) resurrected Floyd venue, the Sun Music Hall will host a killer show not to be missed! Joe Jack Talcum, founding member of legendary punk rockers the Dead Milkmen will be playing a solo set of acoustic songs. Opening for him will be Roanoke favorites, the Bastards of Fate! Doors open at 6pm with the show soon to follow. This show will kick off a short tour for the Bastards and Talcum starting in Floyd and ending in Columbia, South Carolina. On the tour the gang will be stopping in Athens, Georgia for the city’s well known Athens Popfest. Athens Popfest will not only host the Bastards of Fate and Joe Jack but also Mission of Burma, Apples In Stereo, Circulatory System and many more. So come out Monday to Sun Music Hall to say hello to Joe Jack and wish the Bastards safe travel. While you’re there grab a wood fire oven baked pizza from Dogtown Roadhouse!